Setting the Scene

Maximizing the impacts of energy access on people's development opportunities

This webinar is the first part of our Webinar Series produced in cooperation with the Learning Group of the ACCESS Coalition, which focuses on how to maximize the development effects of energy access.

It is increasingly recognized, that energy is inextricably linked to virtually all the SDGs. While there is an active debate on approaches to accelerate the achievement of universal energy access goal, there has been less attention to the question of how to maximize the development effects of energy access.

This first webinar is Setting the Scene for the whole webinar series. For that aim, we explore crucial aspects for maximizing contributions to multiple SDGs together with our speaker


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During the discussion, the role of access to clean energy was established as a key factor to enhance the wellbeing of people, to ensure the functioning of crucial infrastructure and to improve the environmental performance of energy systems. Deploying the synergies of energy access starts by recognizing the strategies already used by the communities. Key aspects to consider for co-designing impactful energy intervention:

  • Promote the ownership of the projects
  • Deploy potentials of productive uses of energy
  • Facilitate the participation of vulnerable groups (e.g., youths, or women)
  • Strengthen technical and non-technical capacities (e.g., with peer-to-peer exchanges)
The discussion also highlighted the importance of civil society organizations. They can facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogues and advocate for decentralized energy options – thus bridging communities and governments. Download all slides of the webinar and presentations by the paneliste here: Webinar Setting the Scene All Slides Further Materials: An analysis by the WISIONS Team about the actual contribution that small-scale energy projects can make to the sustainable development of households and communities: An overview of the synergies and the trade-offs between efforts to achieve SDG7 and delivery of the 2030 Agenda as a whole: An showcase case studies from the Small Grant Program portfolio in which youth have played a leading role in driving change towards sustainable development in their local situations. Energy access has been a key component in many of these cases: This discussion paper is a great example of how civil society organisations can feed in and influence national-wide policy process in order to scale up progress in SDG7 by taking into consideration development priorities of local communities: This report provides an insightful description of the different and crucial roles that civil society can have in the aim of transforming our energy systems into green and inclusive energy systems that catalyse development opportunities for all: This paper is the first to map the relationship between energy and the 169 Targets of the 2030 Agenda in a specific country and sector context by operationalising the framework developed in the study listed before:


Dr. Long Seng To
Joint Director of STEER at Loughborough University
Angelica Shamerina
Advisor GEF Small Grants Programme, UNDP
Grace Ronoh
Programme Officer ACCESS Coalition


Dr. Willington Ortiz | Research Associate Wuppertal Institute, WISIONS Inititative

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